Cathy Warwick, the chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), will stand down from her role at the end of August.
Ms Warwick has led the organisation for the past eight years, and will retire at age 65. As the chief executive of the RCM, Ms Warwick was heavily involved in developing the government’s Better Births maternity transformation programme in England.
‘I have absolutely loved my time at the RCM,’ said Ms Warwick. ‘It has been a privilege to work with all of our wonderful members and to do everything we can together to ensure women and their babies get the best possible care. The RCM is a great organisation and I will be very sad when I leave. I feel very sure that the next CEO will take the RCM on to even better things.’
An RCM statement said: ‘She has consistently championed real choice for women about how and where they give birth, and the need for high-quality and safe services for women, babies and their families.’
An RCM spokesperson said that the process of recruiting her replacement had not yet begun but would be underway soon.